Galapagos Diving

Dive with turtles, manta ray, sharks and marine iguanas

The Galapagos Islands is an internationally renowned diving destination home to a staggering array of marine life, nearly 20 percent of which is found nowhere else on earth. On our Galapagos Adventures there's the option to dive, for those who are experienced with drift diving, and there's snorkelling available for everyone. The water with its deep and mesmerising blue colour, unique to the Galapagos, will leave a stamp on your memory!

Shark

At certain spots that we visit, such as Kicker Rock, it's common to see hammerhead sharks and Galapagos reef sharks – but don't worry, they just cruise on past and they're not aggressive at all. Just floating through the passage between the two sheer rock islands is an experience you'll never forget. If you dive at this spot you'll descend about 60 feet between the two rocks. The water at the bottom is cool and clear and you can expect to see a variety of wrasses, starfish, surgeonfish and angelfish. 
Drift dives are common in the Galapagos Islands due to the ocean currents that intersect in this part of the Pacific Ocean (the cooler Humbolt Current brings rich nutrients from the south, which is why the marine life in this part of the Pacific is so proliferating). These currents characterise the diving here and it's common to encounter descending currents, with safety stops in blue water and no reference points. This is why we ask that you've completed at least ten open water dives if you're keen to dive on our trips.

TurtleSome of the other species you're likely to encounter include seals, turtles, marine iguanas and manta ray and if you're lucky you may see the odd whale or pod of dolphins as we journey between the diving and snorkelling spots.

  • Galapagos Land and Sea Adventure - Tortuga

    10 Days  | 

    Galapagos And Ecuador  | 

    From US$4999

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    • ACTIVE 1

      What's The Rush?

      I’m not a triathlete, but I’m in decent shape and I’m not looking to experience a place just through a bus window. I’m happy to slow down on the trail, soak it in and breathe in the fresh air.


    • ACTIVE 2

      Leg Stretcher

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they’re even worn in, but they don’t go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.


    • ACTIVE 3

      Earn Your Lunch

      I stay active on vacation so that I can eat and drink what I like without feeling guilty. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.


    • ACTIVE 4

      Challenge Accepted

      I’ll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it’ll be tough, but the views will be worth it.


    • ACTIVE 5

      The Ultimate

      I’ve put in the hard yards and now I get to reap the rewards. I’m a seasoned adventurer, not afraid to get my boots wet.


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    4.55 out of 5 (from 1356 reviews)

    Hike, cycle, snorkel and swim the Galapagos Islands. On this 10-day tour we’ll give you a fresh perspective as we land-hop from island to island, soaking in the Galapagos culture and wonderful wildlife.

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Fantastic Adventure!

    This trip was wonderful on so many levels. It was a perfect experience for our family of three college "kids", my husband and me. We traveled with two other families- a total of eight kids and six adults, a good group size. There was lots to see and do and we appreciated the opportunity to be active! Seeing the wildlife and learning about the Galapagos Islands was fantastic!! Zambo, our naturalist was terrific and related well to children and the adults. One of the unexpected pleasures my husband and I experienced was hearing our children utilize their seven years of middle and high school Spanish as they communicated with locals. Also, needless to say, they were pleased that the drinking age on the Islands is 18. We all enjoyed having a beer at the end of each wonderful day. The December weather was lovely. Comfortably warm and the water was beautiful!! We took full advantage of any extra snorkeling and swimming opportunities.

    Our family had an extra day in Quito. We took the opportunity to hire a guide to take us around the city. What a great opportunity it was to learn about so many aspects of Ecuador's capital city. The Equator Museum was great and we enjoyed walking around the Plaza and seeing a couple of churches. Walking to the edge of the Pululhua crater was awesome! Lenin was a terrific guide!
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    – Massachusetts, United States
    Tortuga, January 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!

    The Condor trip with our tour leader, Zac, was AWESOME! Our W guide, Cem, was also exceptional. The two of them kept us at a great pace and kept us laughing. You're on this trip for the scenery, and it was breath-taking. A great one word description of the landscape is "rugged". This tour provides a nice balance of longer hiking days and shorter hiking days with just truly stunning scenery including Torres del Paine, French Valley, Grey Glacier, Perito Morano glacier, and Fitz Roy. Definitely do the ice hiking!
    Sandy Landsberg Review Image
    – Virginia, United States
    Condor, February 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Condor 2018

    This IS the trip of a lifetime! The itinerary is excellent, including the highlights of Patagonia and more! Trip logistics are well planned and expertly executed. Our guide, Arturo was one step ahead at all times and clearly has developed relationships with all hotels, refugios, restaurants and especially our local guides, creating incredible, seamless travel. The local guides, Cem (Jim) on the W Trek, Christian in El Chaltan, our drivers and specific activity guides were all excellent and willing to share their knowledge and love for their countries. This trip was FUN, Arturo is fun and all the new friends we met on our trip were fun!!!
    Cindy Jacobs Review Image
    – Maine, United States
    Condor, March 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    The only way to experience the Galapagos

    This trip was the perfect blend of nature, culture, and fun and it is the best trip for anyone with kids 13-21 years old.
    Miller Ward Review Image
    – Massachusetts, United States
    Tortuga, January 2017

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